Track 1,4,5,6,7,8 composed by Frederic Chopin
Track 2 composed by Claude Debussy
Track 3 composed by Franz Liszt
"Nocturnes is a unique style that is most appropriate for Romantic works in that the melody is delicately shaped thus to portray a vocal aria rather than a hammer struck melody. The performer must then think like a vocalist as to where the inflictions would occur and how breath control would affect the piece.
The majority of the pieces on the album are written by Polish Romantic composer Frederic Chopin. He was one of the first to establish this new musical form of composition and did so primarily on the piano incorporating both European folk music and the Bel Canto operatic style that opened the doors to the progression of Romantic and eventually neoclassical music. Hodge appropriately opens the album with Chopin’s “Nocturne No. 1 in B Minor Op. 9/1.” This is followed by Frenchman Claude Debussy’s beautiful and well-known work “Clair De Lune.”
Slower tempos are better suited to evoke a deep emotional response and Chopin’s “Nocturne No. 6 in G Minor Op. 15/3” is indeed lento. As the dynamics change so does the style of the piece with the latter half marked religioso and indeed the melody takes a turn from flowing to straight with each note deliberately played as opposed to a gentle caress.
His “Nocturne No. 20 in C Sharp Minor” subtitled “Lento con Gran Espressione" is wonderfully free and hauntingly mesmerizing. Chopin dedicated the piece to his older sister and is sometimes referred to as “Reminisce.” The trills and rubato are well controlled in both “Nocturne No. 2 in E Flat Major Op.9/2” and "Nocturne No. 19" in E Minor...
Taking a respite from Chopin, Hodge includes Hungarian Franz Liszt’s “Consolation in D-Flat S. 172/3” marked lento placido. The piece is truly placid and calm with wonderful independent movement of the right hand syncopation and triplets against the constant eighth notes in the left hand."
Artist: Kevin Hodge
Album Title: Nocturnes
Reviewers Name: Kelly O’Neil
Rating: 5 star